COVID-19 Update


The price of them apples: Ready to license but unsure how much the technology is worth?

With new and early stage technologies, or perhaps new uses for existing technologies, the value of the technology for licensing purposes is often not able to be readily determined. In the absence of a commercialisation track record, the risk is that the value for the licensed technology (licence fees, milestone payments, royalties) may be set … Read More

Tech Startups: A Step-by-step Guide

The tech startups idea You’ve got to have one of these. We can’t give advice about how to get one; this you will have to do on your own. But once you have one, we can help you from there. The tech startups business plan Now you need to turn your idea into a viable … Read More

Cyber security and COVID-19

While many public and private organisations are protecting their staff and vulnerable members of the community from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through social distancing and working from home arrangements, cyber criminals are undoubtedly exploiting the global situation. Australia’s leading agency on national cyber security, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ASCS), and the Australian Competition and … Read More

OAIC provides guidance for employers on privacy obligations in response to the spread of COVID-19

On 18 March 2020, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) published a statement and comprehensive guidance to assist Australian Government agencies and private sector employers in understanding their privacy obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The OAIC has provided guidance on the handling of personal … Read More

Secret use – can you profit while developing your invention?

So, you’ve concocted an invention that you’re thinking of patenting, what next? Keeping your invention secret is an important start, since any public disclosure may invalidate your later patent application. But what can you do while your invention remains secret? Can you conduct experiments? Can you make money? Can you make money while conducting experiments? … Read More

The patented technology behind the Face ID feature of the new Apple iPhone X

The iPhone X has now been announced by Apple, Inc. (‘Apple’) with expected fanfare. Most consumers will be interested in the new OLED screen and the elimination of the home button in the new iPhone X, but there is also an important new security feature in the new iPhone called ‘Face ID’. ‘Face ID’ is … Read More

Export Technology or Software? What you Need to Know to avoid Fines or Prison

There has been a recent flurry of activity among exporters of technology or software as the new provisions under the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 (Act) become operative (after a trial period of some 12 months). The purpose of the Act is to strengthen controls on the transfer/export of sensitive technologies in order that Australia meets its … Read More

Stating the Obvious: Textual Approach to Obviousness

On September 2 2015 the High Court handed down a widely anticipated decision in AstraZeneca AB v Aptoex Pty Ltd.(1) The court unanimously dismissed AstraZeneca’s appeal, holding that AstraZeneca’s patent was invalid because it was obvious and therefore lacked the requisite inventive step within Sections 7(2) and 7(3) of the Patents Act 1990. Facts Compounds known … Read More

Will Australia Catapult its Innovation into the 21st Century?

Having helped commercialise the outcomes of research in Australia for the last twenty years, I find it opportune to reflect on the current lack of certainty regarding R&D funding that is so fundamental to the ongoing economic success and health of our nation. R&D investment, and the structures that underpin them, must be addressed as … Read More

MEDIA RELEASE – Leading Australian Lawyer Recognised Globally

One of Australia’s most respected innovation and commercialisation lawyers has been recognised at the 2015 International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice Awards in London. Jenni Lightowlers, Partner at Francis Abourizk Lightowlers (FAL) and Deputy Chancellor of Deakin University, was recognised for providing outstanding client service in the Healthcare and Life Sciences sector in Australia. The … Read More

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